Buying and installing a TV antenna can be very rewarding or downright frustrating. There are so many antenna to choose from. There are small flat indoor antennas, antennas claiming 150 mile range and the list goes on. How do you choose the best antenna for your area. Any antenna will work somewhere sometime. What you need to know is which antenna will work at your location all of the time.
There's so much hype and you need to separate the hype from the facts. I think Ken Nist stated it best on his website HDTV Primer. He said, "Antenna marketing is a racket in that the less honest you are the more antennas you sell. (Nobody goes to court over a TV antenna)".
Assuming you want reliable TV reception 24/7 here are two things you should know when selecting the best TV antenna for your area.
1. Reliable TV reception from more than 80 miles is very unlikely. TV signals travel a straight line. They do not curve with the Earth. When the distance from the TV station transmitter to the receiving antenna is greater than 80 mile the Earth will block the signal and reception is lost with few exceptions. No antenna can receive a signal that's not present at the antenna. The distance a TV signal can be received will also be effected by the terrain between the transmitting and receiving antennas.
2. Plug and play (indoor antennas) work but and limited areas close to the TV transmitters. An indoor antenna may work for you but reliable 24/7 reception on all channels is unlikely in most areas. When using an indoor antenna usually no one antenna location near the TV will receive all available channels. Most people who use an indoor antenna have to relocate or adjust the antenna to receive certain channels. Indoor antennas are also effected by the building materials used to construct your home or your neighbors home. Brick, metal, foil and masonry all hinder if not prevent TV signal from entering your home. Movement in your home or cars passing by may also effect the reception of an indoor antenna. My advice is if you determine the signals are strong at yout location and the building materials are suitable for reception an indoor antenna may work most of the time. You may want to try one. I suggest you check the return policy before you buy.
The best TV antenna for your area will be the one that works and provides reliable reception day after day. If you are considering a TV antenna I suggest you first get all of the reception data available for your location. You can do this by visiting Top HD antenna performance. On this page I promote two of our best performing antennas. However, the most important thing on this page is the reception data it will provide specific to your location. Follow the step by step instructions on the page and you should be able to select the best TV antenna for your area.
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